Chandlers and other rubber stamps

Many retailers commissioned cards which were produced with their names. I regard them as publishers and have included them in the directory. However, many more simply bought and sold cards. Some of them stamped their details on the cards before passing them on. Other commercial users such as hotels added their names in this way. So too did some private individuals.

Albergo Ginevra, Rome


Albergo Ginevra, 29 via della Vite, Rome, a hotel located at the central post office not far from the main train station. In the 1930s the hotel was owned by Giovanni Cazzola who, during this time progressed from Commander to Knight. The Italian actor, comedian, screenwriter, dramatist, poet, singer and lyricist Prince Totò (15 February 1898 to 15 April 1967) stayed in the hotel when performing in Rome and his daughter Liliana was born in a room there on 10 May 1933. It is currently a two-star hotel at 17 Via Luigi Pianciani.

This card: In 1905 Fenham Hall was purchased by the Society of the Sacred Heart to house a secondary school and a Teacher Training College: St Mary’s. The hall itself accommodated the convent and dormitories; further buildings were added for the school and lecture rooms. The Training College closed in 1984, but Sacred Heart Catholic High School remains. Since the closure of St Mary’s College the Hall and associated buildings have served as student accommodation for Newcastle University.

Bill Hopkins, London


Bill Hopkins (died 2013) was a London-based collector and dealer of long standing with a vast hoard of postcards built up over many years. He set up and ran the Postcard Collector’s Centre in Kensington. Hopkins personalised every card he bought/sold with a handstamp – sometimes twice or more – sometimes with his name etc., sometimes with the London Postcard Centre.

Source: PTA Postcard Pages;

Henri Trillon

Mayenne, Pays de la Loire, France

  • HENRI TRILLON, 44, rue Ambroise de Loré MAYENNE (La Mayenne), FRANCE A.P.N. 1709

As M Trillon seems to have signed this card, it may be that the stamp is not a retailer’s mark but his personal identification. Mayenne is a department in northwest France named after the Mayenne River. It seems to have been a hotbed of the Trillon clan: Henri Marie Emile Trillon (17 December 1927 to 24 November 2019) and Roger Marie Emile Henri Trillon, (10 January 1922 to 9 June 2009) both died in Mayenne and could be descendants of the Henri Trillon in question. In September 1923 Henri Trillon was Mayenne race secretary at 15 place Juhel there while, to this day Therese Trillon trades as an estate agent from 44 rue Ambroise de Loré. None of this helps provide detail of the Henri Trillon who put his stamp on my card and the APN number is also a mystery.


Quite a number of undivided backs from the first years of the twentieth century were stamped with the business details of a ship chandler. These included J C van der Rest of Dordrecht in Netherlands and the others on this page. They did not publish cards; they may have sold them or given them away as promotional items.

George A Hardy & Co

Port Said, Egypt


George A. Hardy & Company, ships’ supplier, Port Said had the telegraphic address Hardy, Port Said in 1912. In November 1924 the Sphinx journal announced the engagement of Mr and Mrs Hardy’s only daughter Evelyn to Mr Walter Bond, the joint manager of the Port Said and Suez Coal Co.

According to the US Office of Naval Intelligence Port Guide in 1928, Hardy was one of the principal sources of ships’ supplies in Suez where engineering supplies were said to be limited but chandler supplies and provisions plentiful and reasonably priced. In 1939 Hardy was living at maison Simonini, rue Kitchener and was Vice-President of the Union Club, of Port Said at 34, rue Fouad Ier, 2311 where Evelyn Waugh had stayed when he visited Port Said.

Hardy Ship Suppliers are now a part of Mosleh Group shipping agency.

Captain F. Valle & Company

La Spezia, Liguria, Italy


La Spezia is the capital city of the province of La Spezia and is located at the head of the Gulf of La Spezia in the southern part of the Liguria region of Italy. It is one of the main Italian military and commercial harbours, a major Italian Navy base and a significant railway junction.

Sailor Tommy sent this card from La Spezia to Miss Fry, Schoolmistress at the Garrison Infants School in Curragh Camp, County Kildare, Ireland.